Bhutan peaceful road trip

Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights.
Locations: Thimphu, Paro valley, Punakha, Wangdi Phodrang, Bumthang.
Type of Tour: Cultural tour/Adventure.
Highlight: Visit to the Ta Dzong (National Museum), Punakha Dzong, Worlds tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tigers nest hike, Phobjikha Valley.

  • Day 01: Arrive Paro-  Night In Thimphu 
  • Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing
  • Day 03: Thimphu Short Hike To Tango
  • Day 04: Thimphu -Punakha
  • Day 05: Wangdue -Trongsa
  • Day 06: Trongsa –Bumthang
  • Day 07: Bumthang Tang Valley  
  • Day 08: Bumthang sightseeing
  • Day 09: Bumthang – Phobjikha
  • Day 10: Phobjikha Valley
  • Day 11: Phobjikha-Punakha
  • Day 12: Punakha-Paro
  • Day 13 : Paro
  • Day 14: Departure 
Day 01: Arrive Paro, Paro-Thimphu 

After you arrive in the Kingdom of Bhutan, you will be received at the Paro International Airport by the representative of Yelha Bhutan Tours and travel, guide and driver who will be your guide throughout the tour.

Things to do

  • You will directly travel to Thimphu, the capital town of Bhutan
  • Centenary Farmer’s Market
  • Kuensel phodrang
  • Tashichhoe Dzong 
  • The National Memorial Chorten

Accomodation

  • TashiTaj
  • Ramada Valley

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing 

Things to do

  •  School of Traditional Painting of Arts and
  • Traditional Bhutanese paper making factory
  • National Textile
  • Bhutan Post Office Headquarters
  • Takin Preserve,
  • Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Dechenphodrang

Accomodation

  • Le Meridien
  • Gyelsa Boutique

Day 03: Thimphu, hike to Tango and Cheri Monasteries 

Things to do

  •  Tango Monastery
  •  hike to Cheri Monastery

Accomodation

  • Amonkora
  • Galingkha

Day 04: Thimphu -Punakha /Wangduephodrang

Things to do

  • travel to Punakha& Wangdue through Dochula Pass
  • visit Druk Wangyal Lhakhang (temple)
  • visit the Punakha Dzong
  • Visit the chimmi Lhakhang

Accomodation

  • Amonkora
  • Lobesa

Day 05: Punakha/Wangdue – Trongsa

Things to do

  •  drive to Trongsathrough Wangdue Phondrang
  • visit the National Museum
  • will also visit Trongsa Dzong,
  • evening visit Trongsa town. 

Accomodation.

  • Yangkhil resort
  • TashiNingye

Day 06: Trongsa – Bumthang

Drive to Bumthang. On the way, visit the “Yathra” Weaving Centre at Zugney. Yathra is the name for the colorful, handwoven woolen cloth (often with geometric designs) that is produced in this region and wool used for this type of textile is sheep wool as the sheep is reared in the Bumthang district. Yathra is made into jackets or bags, etc. 

Then drive onto Bumthang. On arrival at Bumthang Check into your hotel and after lunch visit visitJakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of monks. Chakhar Lhakhang (Iron Castle). It is the site of the palace of the Indian King SendhaGyab also known as Sindhu Raja.

Visit the Thangbi Temple Tangbi temple is locatedon a plateau above the Chamkhar River north of Kurje Temple. The 4th Shamar Rinpoche, one of the two highest ranking lamas of the Karma Kagyu religious school came to Bumthang from Tibet in the 15th century in order to establish a monastery. In 1470 he founded Tangbi, located in the middle of a wide, fertile plateau overlooking the river. Overnight at a hotel n Bumthang. 


Day 07: Bumthang, Tang Valley Excursion

After breakfast, start your day excursion to beautiful lush but remote Tang valley. Visit the century old Ugyencholing Heritage Museum, which once belongs to the Royal Family of Tang valley. Lunch will be served at a farmhouse. After lunch drive back to Bumthang, on the way visit MebarTsho (Burning Lake), where some of Guru Rimpoche‟s treasures were discovered in the 15th century by the famous treasure discoverer- PemaLingpa. It is a serene place to meditate. In the evening stroll around Bumthang town and dinner at local restaurant in the town. Overnight at a hotel in Bumthang. 


Day 08: Bumthang Sightseeing 

Today, we will visit Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. In his effort to propagate Buddhism he had a plan to build a total of 108 temples in Tibet and neighboring kingdoms.  Kujey Lhakhang (Kujey means, “Body imprint”). The temple to the right is the oldest and was built by Minjur Tempa in 1652. It was built around the cave in which Guru Rimpoche meditated and left his body imprint.  

In the evening visit one of the farmhouses in Bumthang valley to get an insight into the village life in Bumthang Valley. You may enjoy typical Bhutanese dinner at the farmhouse. A small hike via Tamshing temple and overnight at Resort. Peling Resort. 


Day 09: Bumthang – Phobjikha
  • Distance: 167 km,  
  • Estimated driving time :5 hours 

After breakfast, drive to Wangdue/ Punakha via

Phobjikha valley.  Driving through the dense forests of the Phobjikha Valley you arrive at Gantey village where you see the Gangtey Monastery and visit the monastery. Phobjikha valley is part of the beautiful Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park ( formerly known as Black Mountains National Park), one of Bhutan‟s most important nature sanctuaries. Each winter it is home to a flock of 300 rare and endangered black-necked cranes.  

The surrounding hills and mountains are home to nomadic shepherds and yak-herders. This is one of the most remote and untouched regions in Bhutan and is only just opening its doors to the outside world. After lunch at Gangtey and explore Phobjikha valley and also visit the Black Necked Crane Center. Dinner and overnight at Wangchuk Lodge. 


Day 10: Phobjikha Valley

Gangtey or Phobjikha at an average altitude of 3,000 m is a wide and beautiful valley, designated as conservation zone within the Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park (formerly known as Black Mountains National Park). Gangtey also known as Phobjikha valley is a natural habitat for wildlife, including nesting grounds for endangered black-necked cranes that migrate from Central Asia in the winter (late October and stay till March).  

The lodges here provide hot water in the bucket and rooms are heated with wood stoves. Gangtey is the name for hilltop village and its monastery. The valley is known as Phobjikha and falls under WangdueDzongkhag. There are many hiking trails in Phobjikha valley you can decide with the guide about the programs and also. Vist any farm house and take a relaxing stone bath. (Medicinal stone bath is around Rs, 700 per persons and it is said to heal muscle aches, cramps, skin diseases and relax the ailing body.)  Overnight at a hotel/resort in Phobjikha. 


Day 11: Phobjikha – Punakha 

Today after breakfast we will drive to punakha valley with sightseeing en-route. We will stop at certain places for tea/refreshments and drive slowly towards punakha valley. Punakha was the winter capital for over 300 years until the time of second King. PunakhaDzong, which dominates the whole area, was built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel, and established the central monastic body with 600 monks. Today, Punakha is still the home for Je Khempo (Chief Abbot) and the central monastic body. PunakhaDzong is one of the most impressive Dzong in the Kingdom.

After luch we will start the hike to the beautiful Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Lhakhang (temple) built by Ashi TsheringYangdon Wangchuck (the Queen Mother of Bhutan) for peace and stability in this everchanging world. This temple is situated on the hilltop overlooking the valley below. The leisurely walk up to the temple would take about an hour. Visit the temple and also enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful view from there.  


Day 12: Punakha -Paro
  • Distance: 128 km 
  • Estimated driving time :4 hr 1/2 hrs

After breakfast at Punakha we will have a leisure drive towards Paro valley. We will stop on way at Thimphu. After reaching Paro we will visit the following, if time permits:

  • Ta Dzong, built in the 17th century as a watchtower for the Paro Dzong. This dzong was converted into the National museum in 1967 and is filled with antique thankha paintings, textiles, weapons and armor.
  • Rinpung Dzong, built in 1645 to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now being used as an administration center and school for monks. Then walk down to Rimpung Bridge (Traditional Bridge), oldest bridge in Bhutan. Then we will rest for the next morning’s hike. 

Overnight at Hotel in Paro

Day 13: A Day Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest Monastery) 

After breakfast, drive for about 20 minutes to the base camp of Taktsang Monastery and hike up to Taktsang Monastery, also known as „Tiger‟s Nest‟. The climb up to the viewpoint will take around 1 ½ hours and from there you will enjoy a spectacular view of the monastery clinging to the side of the cliff. Stop for refreshment at the View Point Cafeteria.Then walk further up to the monastery which will take about 1 hour. It is said that in the 8th century Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from eastern Bhutan to this place and meditated in a cave here for 3 months.  

The principal Lhakhang (monastery) of the present monastic complex dates from 1692. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 but has now been fully restored to its former glory. After visiting the monastery, walk back down to the road on the way stop for lunch at the view point cafeteria and then walk further down to the road point. Then drive back to hotel. In the evening relax after the tiring day in the traditional Bhutanese hotstone bath. Dinner at the farmhouse in Paro valley. Overnight at a hotel in Paro. 


Day 14: Departure from Paro

In the morning, your tour guide from Yelha Bhutan Tours & Travels (local Bhutan travel agent) will escort you to the airport for your onward destinations. 

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